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NYC Makers: A Q&A with Dan Barasch, Co-Founder of The Lowline
Untapped Cities, May 29, by Michelle Young
In the second installation of our new series, NYC Makers, we profile Dan Barasch, Co-Founder of The Lowline and the author of the newly published Ruin and Redemption in Architecture from Phaidon. The Lowline is the plan to transform the abandoned New York City trolley terminal on the Lower East Side into the world’s first underground park. [READ MORE]

Cape Air Set to Take Flight with Seaplanes off Eastie’s Shores
East Boston Times-Free Press, May 23, by John Lynds
Ever since Cape Air’s CEO Dan Wolf was doing seaplane flight instruction on Cape Cod’s ponds over 35 years ago, launching a scheduled seaplane service has been a dream. “Ongoing collaboration with our communities and officials has been key to that dream becoming a reality,” said Wolf. Starting this summer Cape Air, one of the busiest air carriers at Logan International Airport with 11 destinations out of Boston, will expand its operations in a unique way. [READ MORE]

Learning about Climate Change at the ICA Watershed
BU Today, May 28, by Lindsey Vickers
The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Watershed is kicking off its second season with a film installation focusing on climate change. Commissioned by the ICA, Purple, by acclaimed Ghanaian artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah, the film installation premiered at the Watershed on May 26. It also includes large-scale map projections of Boston Harbor’s sea levels based on data from the city of Boston’s Environment Department and Greenovate Boston. [READ MORE]

Q&A: ‘Tree Equity’ as a Driver of Climate-Resilient Cities, Communities
Sustainable Brands, May 28, by Max Pinnola
Ahead of its Deep Roots Sustainability Tour, coming up next week at SB'19 Detroit, we connected with President and CEO Jad Daley to discuss how the country’s oldest national forest conservation organization adapted to tackle climate change while transforming our cities into a network of carbon sinks, drivers of social equity, and generators of opportunities for disadvantaged neighborhoods. [READ MORE]

What do a Caribbean reef and Ontario wetlands have in common?
Our Windsor, May 27, by Alex Ballingall
Groups like ALUS in Canada and elsewhere around the world are part of a nascent effort to restore and preserve natural buffers to the damages of more frequent and severe weather. But instead of old fashioned, government-led conservation, these groups — including environmental not-for-profits, insurance companies, and some governments — are trying something new: they want to uncover hidden incentives for the private sector to pay for the restoration and protection of what they call “natural infrastructure” or “natural capital.” [READ MORE]